CN103260464A - Oral care implement - Google Patents

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CN103260464A
CN103260464A CN2010800708797A CN201080070879A CN103260464A CN 103260464 A CN103260464 A CN 103260464A CN 2010800708797 A CN2010800708797 A CN 2010800708797A CN 201080070879 A CN201080070879 A CN 201080070879A CN 103260464 A CN103260464 A CN 103260464A
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周建荣
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B9/00Arrangements of the bristles in the brush body
    • A46B9/02Position or arrangement of bristles in relation to surface of the brush body, e.g. inclined, in rows, in groups
    • A46B9/04Arranged like in or for toothbrushes
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0055Brushes combined with other articles normally separate from the brushing process, e.g. combs, razors, mirrors
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0055Brushes combined with other articles normally separate from the brushing process, e.g. combs, razors, mirrors
    • A46B15/0075Brushes with an additional massage device
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B15/00Other brushes; Brushes with additional arrangements
    • A46B15/0055Brushes combined with other articles normally separate from the brushing process, e.g. combs, razors, mirrors
    • A46B15/0081Brushes with a scraper, e.g. tongue scraper
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B5/00Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware
    • A46B5/002Brush bodies; Handles integral with brushware having articulations, joints or flexible portions
    • A46B5/0025Brushes with elastically deformable heads that change shape during use
    • A46B5/0029Head made of soft plastics, rubber or rubber inserts in plastics matrix
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B7/00Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body
    • A46B7/06Bristle carriers arranged in the brush body movably during use, i.e. the normal brushing action causing movement
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B9/00Arrangements of the bristles in the brush body
    • A46B9/06Arrangement of mixed bristles or tufts of bristles, e.g. wire, fibre, rubber
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A46BRUSHWARE
    • A46BBRUSHES
    • A46B2200/00Brushes characterized by their functions, uses or applications
    • A46B2200/10For human or animal care
    • A46B2200/1066Toothbrush for cleaning the teeth or dentures

Abstract

An oral care implement, such as a toothbrush is provided. The oral care implement comprises a handle (110) and a head (120). A plurality of tooth cleaning elements (130) are provided on a front surface of the head. The head is formed by a plurality of spaced-apart segments (140,141,142,143,144,145) made of a rigid material. The segments are isolated from one another by channels (157,158A,158B,159A,159B) containing an elastomeric material that flexibly connects the segments together. The oral care implement further comprises an elastomeric soft tissue cleaner (200) located on a rear surface of the head opposite the front surface of the head. The elastometric soft tissue cleaner comprises a plurality of grooves (204) that are aligned with the channels.

Description

口腔护理器具技术领域 FIELD oral care appliances

[0001] 本发明大体涉及口腔护理器具,并且具体地,涉及具有由多个节段形成的可挠头部的口腔护理器具。 [0001] The present invention relates generally to oral care implements, and in particular, relates to an oral care implement having a flexible head is formed by a plurality of segments.

背景技术 Background technique

[0002] 牙刷用于通过从牙齿表面除去牙斑和碎屑而清洁牙齿。 [0002] A toothbrush is used by removing plaque and debris from the tooth surface to clean the teeth. 具有平坦修剪刷毛(flatbristle trim)的常规牙刷的能力受限于符合牙齿的曲度,穿透到牙齿之间的邻间区域中,扫除牙斑和碎屑,并沿牙龈线清洁。 Conventional toothbrushes ability to trim the bristles flat (flatbristle trim) is limited to comply with the curvature of the teeth, penetrates into the interproximal areas between the teeth, remove plaque and debris, and to clean along the gum line. 另外,这种牙刷保持用于清洁牙齿的牙膏的能力有限。 In addition, this limited toothpaste for cleaning teeth toothbrush holding ability. 在刷牙过程中,牙膏典型地滑动穿过刷毛簇并远离刷毛与牙齿之间的接触部。 Brushing process, the dentifrice typically slides through the tufts of bristles and away from the contact portion between the bristles and teeth. 因此,牙膏通常散布在口周围,而不是集中在刷毛与牙齿的接触部上。 Thus, toothpastes generally spread around the mouth, rather than being concentrated on the contact portion of the bristles with the teeth. 因此,清洁过程的效率降低。 Therefore, the efficiency of the cleaning process is reduced.

[0003] 虽然已作出实质性的努力来修改牙刷的清洁元件以提高口腔清洁过程的效率,但是行业持续追求将对现有技术加以改进的清洁元件的布置。 [0003] While substantial efforts have been made to modify the cleaning elements of toothbrushes to improve the efficiency of oral cleaning process, but will continue to pursue the art to be improved cleaning elements arranged in industry.

[0004] 已作出许多尝试以形成可挠牙刷头部,其通过允许头部挠曲而提供更高的清洁效率,由此允许刷毛和其它牙齿清洁元件相对于彼此以许多角度延伸。 [0004] Many attempts have been made to form a flexible toothbrush head, which provide a higher cleaning efficiency by allowing the head to flex, thereby allowing the bristles and the other tooth cleaning elements extending with respect to one another in a number of angles. 在一种已知的可挠牙刷头部中,头部分解为相对于彼此且相对于手柄可挠的多个节段。 In a known flexible toothbrush head, the head divided into a plurality of segments with respect to the handle and flexible relative to each other. 然而,许多分段牙刷头部的现有设计导致具有过多或不足的可挠性的头部。 However, many existing designs of the toothbrush head segment flexible head results in having excessive or insufficient. 过多的可挠性导致头部不能在手柄经受正常刷牙力时经由刷毛向牙齿或其它口腔表面传递足够的压力。 Excessive flexibility results in the head can not deliver sufficient pressure to the teeth or other oral surfaces of bristles at the handle via subjected to normal brushing force. 另一方面,不足的可挠性导致节段(和因此刷毛)保持大致静止,由此破坏具有可挠头部的目的。 On the other hand, results in insufficient flexibility of the segments (and thus the bristles) remains substantially stationary, thereby breaking object having a flexible head portion.

[0005] 最近,呈弹性体清洁元件和刷毛簇的形式的牙齿清洁元件的策略性布置和组合已变成改进清洁效率的更普遍的方式。 [0005] Recently, in the form of a combination of strategic arrangement and bristle tufts of cleaning elements and an elastomeric tooth cleaning element has become a more common way to improve the cleaning efficiency. 然而,为了协调由多个节段形成的可挠牙刷头部上的弹性清洁元件的结构和布置而已作出的努力非常小。 However, efforts to coordinate the structure and arrangement of the elastic cleaning member may be formed of a flexible toothbrush head has been made on a plurality of segments is very small.

[0006] 典型地位于牙刷头部的后表面上的弹性体软组织清洁器也已变得相当流行。 [0006] Typically the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner on a rear surface of the toothbrush head also become quite popular. 然而,与牙齿清洁元件一样,为了使软组织清洁器的结构与利用多个节段的可挠牙刷头部的结构协调而已付出的努力非常小。 However, as with tooth cleaning elements, in order to make the structure of soft tissue cleaner toothbrush head flexible coordination structure with multiple segments by means of only a very small effort.

发明内容 SUMMARY

[0007] 本发明涉及一种口腔护理器具,诸如牙刷。 [0007] The present invention relates to an oral care implement such as a toothbrush. 在一方面,本发明涉及包括手柄和头部的口腔护理器具。 In one aspect, the present invention relates to an oral care implement comprising a handle and a head. 多个牙齿清洁元件可设置在头部的前表面上。 A plurality of tooth cleaning elements may be disposed on the front surface of the head. 头部由多个间隔开的节段形成,该多个间隔开的节段由刚性材料形成。 Head by a plurality of spaced apart segments forming a plurality of spaced apart segments formed of a rigid material. 节段通过容纳弹性体材料的通道彼此隔离,该弹性体材料使节段可挠地连接在一起。 By receiving section elastomeric material isolated from each other channel, the elastomeric material of the segments can be connected together flexibly. 口腔护理器具还包括位于与头部的前表面相对的头部的后表面上的弹性体软组织清洁器。 The oral care implement further comprises an elastic soft tissue cleaner on a rear surface opposite the front surface of the head of the head. 在一个实施例中,软组织清洁器包括与通道对齐的多个凹槽。 In one embodiment, soft tissue cleaner includes a plurality of recesses aligned with the channel.

[0008] 在一个实施例中,本发明可为一种口腔护理器具,其包括:手柄;连接于手柄并具有纵向轴线的头部;从头部的前表面延伸的多个牙齿清洁元件;头部由多个间隔开的节段形成,该多个间隔开的节段由刚性材料形成,多个节段包括中央节段和布置在中央节段周围的至少一个周向节段,至少一个周向节段通过容纳弹性体材料的通道与中央节段隔离,弹性体材料使至少一个周向节段可挠地连接于中央节段;弹性体软组织清洁器,其位于与头部的前表面相对的头部的后表面上,弹性体软组织清洁器包括从软组织清洁器的基部表面延伸的用于接合软口腔组织的多个突起部和形成在软组织清洁器的基部表面中的至少一个凹槽;并且其中,弹性体软组织清洁器的至少一个凹槽与通道对齐。 [0008] In one embodiment, the present invention can be an oral care implement, comprising: a handle; a head connected to the handle and having a longitudinal axis; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from a front face of the head; head portion formed from a plurality of segments spaced apart, the plurality of spaced apart segments formed of a rigid material, a plurality of segments including at least one peripheral segment central segment and disposed around the central segment, the at least one peripheral segment by receiving elastomeric material channel and the central segment isolated from an elastomeric material that at least one peripheral segment flexibly connected to the central section; elastomeric soft tissue cleaner, a front surface which is located at the head opposite the rear face of the head the elastomeric soft tissue cleanser includes at least one groove extending from the base surface of the soft tissue cleaner for engaging the plurality of protrusions of soft oral tissue and formed in the base surface of the soft tissue cleaner in; and wherein the elastomeric soft tissue at least one groove is aligned with the passage of the cleaner.

[0009] 在另一个实施例中,本发明可为一种口腔护理器具,其包括:手柄;连接于手柄的头部;从头部的前表面延伸的多个牙齿清洁元件;头部由多个间隔开的节段形成,该多个间隔开的节段由刚性材料形成,多个节段通过容纳弹性体材料的通道彼此隔离,弹性体材料使多个节段可挠地连接在一起;弹性体软组织清洁器,其位于与头部的前表面相对的头部的后表面上,弹性体软组织清洁器包括从弹性体软组织清洁器的基部表面延伸的用于接合软口腔组织的多个突起部和形成在软组织清洁器的基部表面中的多个凹槽;并且其中,弹性体软组织清洁器的多个凹槽中的至少一个与通道中的至少一个对齐。 [0009] In another embodiment, the present invention can be an oral care implement, comprising: a handle; a head connected to the handle; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from a front surface of the head; a head by a plurality spaced apart segments forming a plurality of spaced apart segments formed of a rigid material, a plurality of segments separated by a receiving channel from each other elastomeric material, the elastomeric material may be flexible so that a plurality of segments connected together; elastomeric soft tissue cleanser, which is located on the front surface of the head opposite the rear surface of the head, the elastic member comprises a plurality of soft tissue cleanser for engaging soft oral tissues extending from a base surface of the soft tissue cleaner projections elastomer a plurality of grooves formed on portions of the base surface of the soft tissue cleaner in; and wherein at least one of the plurality of alignment grooves elastomeric soft tissue cleaner in at least one channel.

[0010] 在又一个实施例中,本发明可为一种口腔护理器具,其包括:手柄;连接于手柄的头部;从头部的前表面延伸的多个牙齿清洁元件;头部由多个间隔开的节段和容纳弹性体材料的通道形成,该多个间隔开的节段由刚性材料形成,该弹性体材料使多个节段可挠地连接在一起;弹性体软组织清洁器,其位于与头部的前表面相对的头部的后表面上,弹性体软组织清洁器包括从软组·织清洁器的基部表面延伸的用于接合软口腔组织的多个突起部和形成在弹性体软组织清洁器的基部表面中的多个凹槽;并且其中,弹性体软组织清洁器的多个凹槽与通道对齐。 [0010] In yet another embodiment, the present invention can be an oral care implement, comprising: a handle; a head connected to the handle; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from a front surface of the head; a head by a plurality spaced apart segments and elastomeric material receiving passage is formed, the plurality of spaced apart segments formed of a rigid material, the elastomeric material may be flexible so that a plurality of segments connected together; elastomeric soft tissue cleaner, which is located on the front surface of the head opposite the rear surface of the head, the elastomeric soft tissue cleanser includes a base surface extending from a soft tissue cleaner · organization plurality of protrusions for engaging soft oral tissues and are formed in the elastic the base surface of the soft tissue cleaner in a plurality of recesses; and wherein the plurality of grooves and channels soft tissue cleaner elastomer aligned.

[0011] 本发明的适用性的进一步范围从下文中提供的详细描述将变得显而易见。 [0011] Further scope of applicability of the detailed description of the present invention provides will become apparent from the following. 应当理解,详细描述和特定实例在指示本发明的优选实施例时仅意图出于说明的目的,并且不意图限制本发明的范围。 It should be understood that the detailed description and specific examples, while indicating preferred embodiments of the present invention are intended for illustrative purposes only, and are not intended to limit the scope of the present invention.

附图说明 BRIEF DESCRIPTION

[0012] 本发明能够在各种各样的口腔护理器具和卫生产品中使用。 [0012] The present invention can be used in a wide variety of oral care implements and hygiene products. 附图示出本发明的一种用途并且不被理解为本发明的唯一实施例。 The drawings illustrate one use of the present invention and not be construed as the only embodiment of the present invention. 从详细描述和附图,将更全面地理解本发明,其中: From the detailed description and the accompanying drawings, the present invention will be more fully understood, in which:

图I是根据本发明的一个实施例的呈牙刷形式的口腔护理器具的正视透视图。 Figure I is a front perspective view of the form of the toothbrush form an oral care implement in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention.

[0013] 图2是图I的牙刷的后视透视图。 [0013] FIG. 2 is a rear perspective view of the toothbrush of FIG. I.

[0014] 图3是图I的牙刷的头部的正视透视图,其中,刷毛簇已被移除。 [0014] FIG. 3 is a front perspective view of the head of the toothbrush of Figure I, wherein the bristle tufts has been removed.

[0015] 图4是图I的牙刷的头部的后视透视图。 [0015] FIG. 4 is a rear perspective view of the head of the toothbrush of FIG. I.

[0016] 图5是图I的牙刷的头部的正视图,其中,刷毛簇已被移除。 [0016] FIG. 5 is a front view of the head of the toothbrush of FIG. I in FIG, wherein the bristle tufts has been removed.

[0017] 图6是图I的牙刷的头部的刚性材料骨架的正视透视图。 [0017] FIG. 6 is a front perspective view of a rigid material skeleton of the toothbrush head of FIG. I.

[0018] 图7是图I的牙刷的头部的刚性材料骨架的后视透视图。 [0018] FIG. 7 is a rear perspective view of the rigid material skeleton of the toothbrush head of FIG. I.

[0019] 图8是图I的牙刷的头部的刚性材料骨架的侧视图。 [0019] FIG. 8 is a side view of a rigid material skeleton of the toothbrush head of FIG. I.

[0020] 图9是图I的牙刷的头部的刚性材料骨架的正视图。 [0020] FIG. 9 is a rigid material skeleton of the toothbrush head of Figure I a front view.

[0021] 图10是图I的牙刷的头部的刚性材料骨架的后视图。 [0021] FIG. 10 is a rear view of a rigid material skeleton of the toothbrush head of FIG. I.

[0022] 图11是图5的头部的象限的放大视图。 [0022] FIG. 11 is an enlarged view of a quadrant of the head of FIG.

[0023] 图12是图I的牙刷的头部沿图11的线XII-XII截取的截面图,其中,节段处于正常状态。 [0023] FIG. 12 is a toothbrush head I of FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view taken along line XII-XII taken, wherein the segments in a normal state. [0024] 图13是图I的牙刷的头部沿图11的线XII-XII截取的截面图,其中,节段处于挠曲状态。 [0024] FIG. 13 is a toothbrush head I of FIG. 11 is a cross-sectional view taken along line XII-XII taken, wherein the segments are flexed state.

[0025] 图14是图5的头部的远侧部分的放大视图。 [0025] FIG. 14 is an enlarged view of the distal portion of the head of FIG.

[0026] 图15是图I的牙刷的头部沿图14的线XV-XV截取的截面图,其中,节段处于正常状态。 [0026] FIG. 15 is I toothbrush head along the line of FIG sectional view taken XV-XV 14, wherein the segments are in a normal state.

[0027] 图16是图I的牙刷的头部沿图14的线XVI-XVI截取的截面图,其中,节段处于正常状态。 [0027] FIG. 16 is I toothbrush head along the line of FIG sectional view taken XVI-XVI 14, wherein the segments are in a normal state.

具体实施方式 Detailed ways

[0028] 优选(多个)实施例的下列描述在本质上仅为示例性的,并且决不意图限制本发明、其应用或用途。 [0028] Preferably (s) described in the following embodiments is merely exemplary in nature and is in no way intended to limit the invention, its application, or uses. 在下列描述中,根据并入清洁元件的新颖布置的手动牙刷讨论本发明。 In the following description, the present invention is discussed in accordance with a manual toothbrush incorporating a novel arrangement of cleaning elements. 然而,以其它形式,本发明可呈包括软组织清洁器具、动力驱动牙刷或设计用于口腔护理的其它有柄器具的其它口腔护理器具的形式。 However, in other forms, the present invention may further comprise a handle in the form of soft tissue cleaning appliance appliance, designed for power driven toothbrush or other oral care oral care implement.

[0029] 首先参考图1-2,示出根据本发明的一个实施例的牙刷100。 [0029] Referring first to FIGS. 1-2, a toothbrush 100 is shown according to one embodiment of the present invention. 牙刷100大体包括手柄110和头部120。 The toothbrush 100 generally includes a handle 110 and a head 120. 手柄·110向用户提供机构,他/她可通过该机构容易地抓握和操纵牙刷100。 · Handle means 110 to provide a user, he / she can readily grip and manipulate the toothbrush 100 by the mechanism. 手柄110可由许多不同形状、尺寸、材料并通过本领域技术人员公知的多种制作方法形成。 Handle 110 may be formed of many different shapes, sizes, and materials well known in the art in the art a variety of production methods. 如果需要,则手柄1·10可包括由弹性体材料制成的质地适合的把手101,或者可为多部分构造。 If desired, the handle 10 may include a texture-1 made of a suitable elastomeric material handle 101, or may be a multi-part configuration. 简单而言,除非另外特别地叙述,手柄110的细节不限制本发明,并且因此出于本发明的目的不需要进一步讨论。 Briefly, unless otherwise specifically stated, the details of the handle 110 does not limit the present invention, and therefore for the purposes of the present invention does not require further discussion.

[0030] 牙刷100从近端112沿纵向轴线AA延伸到远端113,纵向轴线AA的一部分形成头部120的纵向轴线。 [0030] 100 toothbrush longitudinal axis AA extending to a distal end 113, the longitudinal axis AA of the head portion 120 is formed along the longitudinal axis from the proximal end 112. 头部120连接于手柄110的远端105。 The head 120 is connected to the distal end 105 of the handle 110. 如在下面更详细地讨论的,在本发明的某些实施例中,头部120的骨架与手柄110 —体地形成,由此形成单个整体结构。 In certain embodiments of the present invention, with the handle 120 of the head skeleton 110 as discussed in more detail below - the body is formed, thereby forming a single unitary structure. 如本领域中已知的,可使用喷射模塑、铣削、加工或其它适合的过程。 As is known in the art, may be used injection molding, milling, machining or other suitable process. 然而,在其它实施例中,手柄110和头部120可形成为单独构件,其在制作过程的后续阶段通过本领域中已知的任何适合技术(在不限制的情况下包括热焊接、紧密配合组件、联接套筒、粘附或紧固件)可操作地连接。 However, in other embodiments, the handle 110 and head portion 120 may be formed as separate members, by any suitable technique known in the art at a later stage of the production process (including heat welding, without limitation, mating assembly, coupling sleeve, attachment or fastener) is operatively connected. 头部120和手柄110具有整体构造还是多件式构造(包括连接技术)在所有实施例中不限制本发明。 The head 120 and handle 110 have a unitary construction or multi-piece construction (including connection techniques) of the present invention is not limited in all embodiments.

[0031] 此时应当注意,关系用语(诸如远侧、中间、近侧、上、下、顶部、底部、左、右等)仅用于描绘牙刷100的构件相对于彼此的相对位置,并且不意图以任何进一步的方式限制本发明。 [0031] It should be noted that at this time, the relationship between the terms (such as the distal, middle, proximal, upper, lower, top, bottom, left, right, etc.) only member of the toothbrush 100 depicted in relative position to each other, and do not intended to further limit the invention in any manner.

[0032] 头部120大体包括前表面121和后表面122。 [0032] The head 120 generally includes a front surface 121 and rear surface 122. 头部120的前表面121和后表面122可呈现各种形状和外形,其中无一限制本发明。 Front surface 121 and rear surface 120 of the head portion 122 may assume various shapes and profiles, none of limiting the present invention. 例如,前表面121和后表面122可为平面的、成形的或它们的组合。 For example, the front surface 121 and rear surface 122 may be planar, formed, or combinations thereof. 头部120还包括右侧边缘123、左侧边缘124和远侧边缘125,它们共同形成连接前表面121和后表面122的头部120的周向边缘。 The head 120 further includes a right edge 123, left edge 124 and distal edge 125 which together form the circumferential surface 121 of the head 122 and the rear surface 120 is connected to the front edge. 在例示的实施例中,远侧边缘125位于远端113处。 In the illustrated embodiment, the distal edge 125 located at a distal end 113.

[0033] 多个清洁元件130可从头部120的前表面121延伸用于接触并清洁口腔表面,优选为牙齿。 [0033] a plurality of cleaning elements 130 may extend from a front surface 121 for contacting the head 120 and cleaning an oral surface, preferably a tooth. 虽然多个牙齿清洁元件130特别适合于刷牙,但是如果需要,则多个牙齿清洁元件130还可用于清洁口腔的其它表面。 Although a plurality of tooth cleaning elements 130 is particularly suitable for brushing teeth, if desired, a plurality of tooth cleaning elements 130 may also be used to clean other surfaces of the oral cavity. 如在本文中使用的,用语“牙齿清洁元件”在一般意义上用于指的是可用于通过相对的表面接触清洁或按摩口腔表面的任何结构。 As used herein, the term "tooth cleaning elements" is used in a generic sense to refer to any structure it may be used to clean the contact surfaces by opposing surfaces of the oral cavity or massage. “牙齿清洁元件”的普通实例在不限制的情况下包括细丝刷毛、纤维刷毛、尼龙刷毛、螺旋刷毛、橡胶刷毛、弹性体突出件、可挠聚合物突出件、共同挤出细丝、鳶尾刷毛(flag bristle)、皱裙刷毛、抗菌刷毛和它们的组合和/或包含这种材料或组合的结构。 Common examples of "tooth cleaning elements" include filament bristles, bristle fibers, nylon bristles, spiral bristles, rubber bristles, elastomeric projecting member projecting flexible polymer element, co-extruded filament, without limitation, Iris bristles (flag bristle), the bristle skirts wrinkle, anti-bacterial bristles and combinations thereof and / or a structure comprising such materials, or combinations thereof.

[0034] 如在下面讨论的,在例示的实施例中,多个清洁元件130包括多个刷毛簇131和多个弹性体清洁元件132A-E。 [0034] As discussed below, in the illustrated embodiment, a plurality of cleaning elements 130 comprises a plurality of bristle tufts 131 and a plurality of elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-E. 在例示的实施例中,弹性体清洁元件132A-E呈弓形弹性体壁的形式。 In the embodiment illustrated, the elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-E in the form of an arcuate elastomeric wall. 然而,在某些其它实施例中,弹性体清洁元件132A-E可呈弹性体指形件、线性弹性体壁和/或它们的组合的形式。 However, in certain other embodiments, the elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-E may be in the fingers, and an elastomer, or a combination of linear elastomeric walls / thereof. 弹性体清洁元件132A-E由适合的弹性体材料形成。 Elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-E formed of a suitable elastomeric material. 在一个实施例中,弹性体清洁元件132A-E由热塑性弹性体(“TPE”)形成。 In one embodiment, the elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-E is formed of a thermoplastic elastomer ( "TPE"). 其它适合的弹性体材料包括适合于在口腔卫生设备中使用的任何生物相容的弹性材料。 Other suitable elastomeric materials include any suitable biocompatible resilient material used in oral hygiene apparatus. 为了提供最佳舒适以及清洁益处,弹性体材料优选地具有在AlO至A40肖氏硬度的范围内(和优选为A25肖氏硬度)的硬度特性。 To provide optimum comfort as well as cleaning benefits, the elastomeric material preferably has a hardness properties (and preferably a Shore hardness A25) in the range of AlO to A40 Shore hardness. 一种优选弹性体材料为由GLS公司制作的苯乙烯-乙烯/ 丁烯-苯乙烯嵌段共聚物(SEBS)。 One preferred elastomeric material manufactured by GLS Corporation styrene - ethylene / butylene - styrene block copolymer (SEBS). 然而,可使用来自其它制造商的SEBS材料或提到的硬度范围内和外的其它材料。 And other material in the outer However, SEBS material from other manufacturers or hardness range mentioned.

[0035] 现在同时参考图3-5,将描述根据本发明的一个实施例的头部120的细节。 [0035] Referring now simultaneously to FIGS. 3-5, details of the head portion 120 of the embodiment in accordance with one embodiment of the present invention will be described. 牙刷100的头部120沿纵向轴线AA延伸。 The head 120 of the toothbrush 100 extend along the longitudinal axis AA. 头部120大体包括多个间隔开的节段140-145。 The head 120 generally includes a plurality of spaced apart segments 140-145. 多个节段140-145由刚性材料构成。 A plurality of segments 140-145 is made of a rigid material. 在一个实施例中,多个节段140-145由硬塑料形成。 In one embodiment, a plurality of segments 140-145 is formed of a hard plastic. 适合的硬塑料在不限制的情况下·包括聚丙烯。 Suitable hard plastic, without limitation · include polypropylene. 在某些实施例中,多个节段140-145由与手柄110的主结构构件相同的刚性材料形成。 In certain embodiments, a plurality of segments 140-145 is formed of a main structure of the handle member 110 is the same rigid material.

[0036] 在例示的实施例中,多个节段140-145包括中央节段140和多个周向节段 [0036] In the illustrated embodiment, a plurality of segments 140-145 includes a central segment 140 and a plurality of circumferential segments

141-145。 141-145. 在某些实施例中,中央节段140不可移动地连接于手柄110的远端105。 In certain embodiments, the central segment 140 immovably connected to the distal end 105 of the handle 110. 例如,中央节段140可与手柄110的远端105 —体地形成。 For example, central segment 105 and distal end 140 may handle 110 - the body is formed. 在一个特定实施例中,手柄110的主要结构构件和头部120的骨架400 (图6-10)可在单个喷射模塑步骤(其可使用多个端口来喷射呈液体形式的刚性材料)中一体地形成。 In one particular embodiment, the main structural member of the handle 110 and the head skeleton 400 (FIGS. 6-10) 120 may be in a single injection molding step (which can use a plurality of ejection ports rigid material in liquid form) in the integrally formed.

[0037] 中央节段140起到中心体的作用,周向节段141-145可挠地连接于该中心体。 [0037] The central segment 140 acts as the central body, the peripheral segments 141-145 can be flexibly connected to the central body. 如在下面更详细地讨论的,周向节段141-145中的每一个通过填充形成在相邻的节段140-145之间的通道157-159B(例如,参考图6)的弹性体材料146和在中央节段140与周向节段 As discussed in more detail below, the peripheral segments 141-145 each form a channel 157-159B (e.g., refer to FIG. 6) between 140-145 elastomeric material 146 between adjacent segments and by filling in the peripheral segments 140 and central segment

141-145之间延伸的支杆148-152可挠地连接于中央节段140。 141-145 extending between the struts 148-152 may be connected to the central flexible segment 140.

[0038] 在例示的实施例中,中央节段140具有十字形形状。 [0038] In the illustrated embodiment, the central segment 140 has a cross shape. 当然,本发明在所有实施例中不被限制,并且可在某些其它实施例中呈现其它形状,包括T形、矩形、椭圆形、三角形、多边形或不规则形状。 Of course, the present invention is not limited in all embodiments, and may take on other shapes in certain other embodiments, including a T-shaped, rectangular, oval, triangular, polygonal or irregular shape. 出于讨论的目的,中央节段140将遍及该书面描述的其余部分被称为十字形节段140,这是因为例示的实施例在形状上为十字形。 For purposes of discussion, the central segment 140 throughout the rest of the written description is called cruciform segment 140, because the illustrated embodiment is in the shape of a cross. 十字形节段140包括在中央连结部140C处交叉的纵向部分140A和横向部分140B。 Cruciform segment 140 includes a central connecting portion 140C intersect at a longitudinal portion 140A and 140B in the lateral portion. 纵向部分140A以同轴对齐沿纵向轴线AA延伸,而横向部分140B大致垂直于纵向轴线AA延伸。 Longitudinal portion 140A coaxially aligned along the longitudinal axis AA extending laterally portion 140B extends substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis AA. 在例示的实施例中,横向部分140B延伸头部120的整个宽度(其中,头部120的宽度是大致垂直于纵向轴线AA测量的右侧边缘123和左侧边缘124之间的距离),而纵向部分140A延伸小于头部120的整个长度(其中,头部120的长度是沿纵向轴线AA测量的头部120的近端147 (图6)到头部120的远侧边缘125之间的距离)。 In the illustrated embodiment, the transverse portion 140B extends the entire width of the head 120 (where the width of the head portion 120 is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal distance between the measurement axis AA 124 right edge 123 and left edge), and longitudinally extending portion 140A is smaller than the entire length of the head portion 120 (where the length of the head 120 of the head measured along the longitudinal axis AA proximal end 147 (120 in FIG. 6) between the distal edge 125 of the head 120 from ).

[0039] 在例示的实施例中,多个周向节段141-145包括远侧节段143、第一对节段141、145和第二对节段142、144。 [0039] In the illustrated embodiment, a plurality of peripheral segments 141-145 includes a distal section 143, a first pair of segments 141, 145 and a second pair of segments 142, 144. 远侧节段143位于十字形节段140的远端153处。 143 located at the distal end of the distal section 153 of the cruciform segment 140. 第一对节段141、145位于十字形节段140的纵向部分140A的相对侧。 A first pair of segments 141, 145 located on opposite sides of the longitudinal portion of the cruciform segment 140 140A. 第二对节段142、144也位于十字形节段140的纵向部分140A的相对侧。 A second pair of segments 142, 144 are also located on opposite sides of the longitudinal portion of the cruciform segment 140 140A. 然而,第一对节段141、145位于十字形节段140的横向部分140B与第二对节段142、144相对的一侧。 However, the first pair of segments 142, 144, 141, 145 located on the opposite side of the cross section of the transverse portion 140B 140 and a second pair of segments. 第一和第二对的节段141-142、144-145中的每一个通过容纳弹性体材料146的通道158A-159B与十字形节段140隔离。 First and second pairs sections in 141-142,144-145 by each receiving channel 146 of the elastomeric material 140 with the spacer 158A-159B cruciform segment. 远侧节段143还通过容纳弹性体材料146的横向通道157与十字形节段140和第二对节段142、144隔离。 The distal section 143 through the transverse channel receiving the elastomeric material 146 157 140 142, 144 isolate the second pair of segments and segment cruciform. 将关于图6-10在下面更详细地描述许多通道157-159B。 Many of the channels 157-159B will be described in more detail below with respect to FIGS. 6-10.

[0040] 多个节段140-145中的每一个包括前表面121A-121F。 [0040] each include a plurality of front surface 121A-121F segments 140-145. 节段140-145的前表面12IA-F与通道的弹性体材料146组合共同形成头部120的前表面121。 Combinations of elastomeric material 146 before 12IA-F and the surface of the channel segments 140-145 together form the front surface 121 of the head 120. 如将关于图11-13在下面更详细地描述的,节段140-142、144-145的前表面121A-C、121E-F的部分被弹性体清洁元件132A-D的基部覆盖(即,遮盖)。 As will be described below with respect to FIGS. 11-13 in more detail, the front surface segment 140-142,144-145 121A-C, part of the base portion 121E-F are covered with elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-D (i.e., cover). 然而,节段140-145的前表面121A-F的绝大部分保持暴露,由此形成刷毛区域,来自该刷毛区域的刷毛簇131从节段140-145延伸。 However, most of the segments 140-145 of a front surface 121A-F remain exposed, thereby forming a bristle field, the bristles from the bristle tufts 131 extending from the region of the segments 140-145. 节段 Segments

140-145的刚性材料经由刷毛区域暴露,并且提供刷毛簇131可固定于其的充分刚性结构。 140-145 via a rigid material bristle area is exposed, and to provide sufficient structural rigidity bristle tufts 131 can be fixed thereto.

[0041] 节段140-145中的每一个包括从前表面121A-F延伸的多个刷毛簇131。 [0041] Each of the segments 140-145 includes a plurality of bristle tufts 131 extending from the front surface of 121A-F. 在例示的实施例中,刷毛簇131通过将刷毛簇131锚固在形成在前表面12IA-F中的簇孔154中而固定于节段140-145·。 In the illustrated embodiment, the bristle tufts 131 131 the bristle tufts anchored in the tuft holes 154 formed in the front surface 12IA-F fixed to the segments 140-145 ·. 刷毛簇131可使用U形钉(staple)、声焊接和本领域已知的其它技术锚固在簇孔154内。 The bristle tufts 131 may be used a U-shaped staples (staple), sonic welding and other techniques known in the art anchoring within the tuft holes 154. 然而,在替代实施例中,刷毛簇131可以以本领域已知的任何方式固定于节段140-145。 However, in an alternative embodiment, the bristle tufts 131 in any manner known in the art may be secured to the segments 140-145. 例如,无锚固簇生(AFT)可用于安装刷毛簇131。 For example, anchor-free tufted (AFT) available for mounting the bristle tufts 131. 在AFT中,板或膜诸如通过超声波焊接固定于节段140-145。 In AFT a plate or membrane, such as by ultrasonic welding is fixed to the segments 140-145. 刷毛簇131 (或其它牙齿清洁元件)延伸穿过板或膜。 The bristle tufts 131 (or other tooth cleaning elements) extend through the plate or membrane. 在板或膜的一侧的刷毛簇131的自由端执行清洁功能。 Performing a cleaning function on the free end 131 of the bristle tufts on one side of the plate or membrane. 在板或膜的另一侧的刷毛簇131的端部通过加热熔化在一起以锚固在适当位置。 The bristle tufts 131 at the end of the other side of the plate or membrane are melted together by heat to be anchored in place.

[0042] 第一和第二对的周向节段141-142、144-145还包括侧表面155A-D。 The peripheral segments [0042] The first and second pairs further includes a side surface 141-142,144-145 155A-D. 相似地,十字形节段140的横向部分140B (其一般地说也为中央节段)还包括侧表面156A-B。 Similarly, a cross section transverse portion 140B 140 (which is also generally central segment) further comprises a side surface 156A-B. 周向节段 Peripheral segment

141-142的侧表面155A-B和十字形节段140的侧表面156A中的每一个形成头部120的右侧边缘123的一部分。 141-142 155A-B of the side surface 156A and the side surface 140 of the cross section of a portion 120 of the right edge of the head 123 is formed for each. 相似地,周向节段144-145的侧表面155C-D和十字形节段140的侧表面156B形成头部120的左侧边缘124的一部分。 Similarly, the side surface of the peripheral segments 144-145 of the side surfaces 155C-D and the cross section 156B is formed in a portion 140 of the left edge 120 of the head 124. 周向节段141-142、144-145的侧表面155A-D和十字形节段140的侧表面156A-B不被通道157-159B的弹性体材料146覆盖,由此保持暴露。 The peripheral segments 141-142,144-145 side surfaces 155A-D and the cross section 140 of the side surfaces 156A-B are not covered by the elastomeric material of the channels 157-159B 146 thereby remains exposed.

[0043] 现在同时参考图6-10,将更详细地描述头部120的结构。 [0043] 6-10 concurrently, the structure of the head 120 will be described in detail with reference to FIG. 在图6_10中,头部120的所有弹性体材料146 (包括通道157-159B的弹性体材料146、弹性体软组织清洁器200和弹性体清洁元件132A-E)已被移除,由此暴露骨架400,其由刚性材料(诸如硬塑料,诸如聚丙烯)形成。 In FIG. 6_10, the head 146 of all the elastomeric material 120 (including the channels 157-159B elastomeric material 146, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 and the elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-E) has been removed, thereby exposing the skeleton 400, which is formed of a rigid material (such as a hard plastic, such as polypropylene). 骨架400包括节段140-145和支杆148-152。 Skeleton 400 including segments 140-145 and 148-152 struts. 在一个实施例中,整个骨架400可一体地形成为整体结构。 In one embodiment, the entire skeleton 400 may be integrally formed as a unitary structure. 然而,在其它实施例中,骨架400的构件可分开地形成并且随后装配。 However, in other embodiments, the skeleton member 400 may be formed separately and then assembled. 此外,在某些可选实施例中,支杆148-152中的一个或全部可一起省略。 Further, in some alternative embodiments, one or all of the struts 148-152 may be omitted altogether. 在这种实施例中,节段140-145将仅通过弹性体材料146可挠地连接在一起。 In such an embodiment, only the 146 segments 140-145 may be connected together by flexible elastomeric material. 此外,虽然本发明的头部120的例示实施例包括六个节段140-145,但是在其它实施例中,可根据需要使用更多或更少的节段。 Further, although the embodiments of the present invention, the head 120 of the embodiment shown comprises six segments 140-145, in other embodiments, segments may be used more or less as desired.

[0044] 如以上提到的,头部120的节段140-145彼此间隔开。 [0044] As mentioned above, the segments 140-145 of the head 120 spaced from each other. 因此,头部120的相邻节段140-145通过通道157-159B中的一个或更多个分离。 Accordingly, the head 120 of adjacent segments separated by channels 140-145 157-159B one or more. 在例示的实施例中,周向节段141通过通道159B与十字形节段140隔离,而周向节段145通过通道159A与十字形节段140隔离。 In the illustrated embodiment, the circumferential segments 159B through the passage 141 and the cross section 140 isolated, and the peripheral segment 159A through the passage 145 is isolated from the cruciform segment 140. 通道159A-B可为弯曲通道。 Channel 159A-B may be a curved passage. 在例示的实施例中,通道159A-B为弓形的并且呈现大致U形。 In the illustrated embodiment, the arcuate channels 159A-B is substantially U-shaped and presents. 然而,设想通道159A-B可在其它实施例中呈现其它适当的形状。 However, channel 159A-B may be contemplated that exhibit other suitable shape in other embodiments.

[0045] 相似地,周向节段142通过通道158B与十字形节段140隔离,而周向节段144通过通道158A与十字形节段140隔离。 [0045] Similarly, the peripheral segment 158B through the passage 142 and the cross section spacer 140, 144 and the peripheral segment 158A through the passage 140 is isolated from the cruciform segment. 通道158A-B也可为弯曲通道。 Channel 158A-B may also be a curved passage. 在例示的实施例中,通道158A-B为弓形的并且呈现大致J形。 In the illustrated embodiment, the arcuate channels 158A-B is substantially J-shaped and presents. 然而,设想通道158A-B可在其它实施例中呈现其它适当的形状。 However, channel 158A-B may be contemplated that exhibit other suitable shape in other embodiments. 例如,通道158A-B可呈现大致U形,并且通道158A-B中的每一个的一部分可与横向通道157的一部分重合。 For example, channels 158A-B may present a generally U-shaped, the channel 158A-B and a portion of each portion may coincide with a transverse channel 157.

[0046] 远侧节段143通过横向通道157与十字形节段140隔离。 [0046] The distal section 143,157 and 140 through the isolation segment cruciform transverse channel. 横向通道157还使远侧节段143与第二对周向节段142、144隔离。 Transverse channel 157 further isolate the distal section 143 to the second pair of segments 142, 144 and the peripheral. 横向通道157为弯曲通道。 Transverse channel 157 is curved passage. 在例示的实施例中,横向通道157呈现大体波状形状。 In the illustrated embodiment, the transverse channel 157 in a generally undulating shape. 此外,横向通道157跨越头部120的整个宽度延伸。 Further, the transverse channel 157 span the entire width of the head 120 extends. 换言之,横向通道157从头部120的右侧边缘123延伸到左侧边缘124。 In other words, the transverse channel 157 extending from the right edge 123 of the head 120 to the left edge 124. 在一些实施例中,横向通道157的一部分可与通道158A的一部分重合。 In some embodiments, a portion of the lateral passage 157 may be overlapped with a part of the channel 158A. 相似地,在一些实施例中,横向通道157的一部分可与通道158B的一部分重合。 Similarly, in some embodiments, a portion of the lateral passage 157 may be overlapped with a portion 158B of the channel.

[0047] 支杆148-152配置在通道157-159B内,并且使周向节段141-145连接于十字形节段140。 [0047] The struts 148-152 are disposed within the channel 157-159B, and the peripheral segment 141-145 are connected to a cruciform segment 140. 具体地,支杆148使节段141连接于十字形节段140。 Specifically, the struts 148 the segments 141 is connected to a cruciform segment 140. 支杆149使节段142连接于十字形节段140。 149 strut 142 is connected to the segments 140 cross section. 支杆150使远侧节段143连接于十字形节段140。 Struts 150 the distal section 143 is connected to a cruciform segment 140. 支杆151使节段144连接于十字形节段140。 151 strut 144 is connected to the segments 140 cross section. 支杆·152使节段145连接于十字形节段140。 · Struts 152 the segments 145 is connected to a cruciform segment 140. 虽然前述描述规定支杆148-152中的一个使周向节段141-145中的一个连接于十字形节段140,但是设想多于一个支杆148-152或连接部件可用于使周向节段141-145连接于十字形节段140。 While the foregoing description is a predetermined struts 148-152 make the peripheral segments 141-145 is connected to a cruciform segment 140, it is contemplated that more than one strut or connecting members 148-152 may be used to make the peripheral segments 141-145 segment 140 is connected to the cruciform.

[0048] 支杆148-152为在周向节段141-145与十字形节段140之间延伸的薄梁或薄架结构,由此形成其间的可挠桥。 [0048] The struts 148-152 thin as thin beam or truss structure extending between the peripheral segment 140 and 141-145 cruciform segment, thereby forming a flexible bridge therebetween. 在一个实施例中,支杆148-152由刚性材料(诸如硬塑料,诸如聚丙烯)形成。 In one embodiment, the struts 148-152 are formed from a rigid material (such as a hard plastic, such as polypropylene). 在更特定的实施例中,支杆148-152由与形成节段140-145相同的刚性材料形成,并且可与其一体地形成。 In a more specific embodiment, the struts 148-152 are formed of the same segments 140-145 formed of a rigid material, and may be formed integrally therewith. 虽然支杆148-152由被认为是本领域中相对刚性的材料的材料构成,但是支杆148-152的可挠性仍由支杆148-152的变薄性质提供。 Although struts 148-152 are composed of a material is considered in the art is a relatively rigid material, but still flexible struts 148-152 148-152 struts provided thinning properties. 例如,支杆148-152具有厚度h (沿大致垂直于纵向轴线AA并穿过前表面和后表面的轴线测量),其小于节段140-145的厚度t2 (沿大致垂直于节段140-145的前表面121A-F的轴线测量)(图12)。 For example, struts having a thickness of 148-152 h (direction substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis AA and through the front surface and the rear surface of the measurement axes), which is smaller than the thickness t2 140-145 of the segments (direction substantially perpendicular to the segments 140- measuring axis 145 of the front surface 121A-F) (FIG. 12). 在一个实施例中,h :t2的比率在大约I :2至大约I :5的范围内。 In one embodiment, h: t2 ratio of between about I: the range of 5: 2 to about I. 当然,本发明不被限制。 Of course, the present invention is not limited. 当通道157-159B填充有弹性体材料146时,支杆148-152封装在弹性体材料146内。 When the channel is filled with an elastomeric material 157-159B 146, the struts 148-152 are encapsulated within the elastomeric material 146.

[0049] 再次参考图6-10,节段140-145中的每一个还包括从节段140-145的后表面160A-F延伸的至少一个突起部。 [0049] Referring again to Figures 6-10, each of the segments 140-145 of the rear surface further comprises at least one projection extending portion 160A-F from the segments 140-145. 在例示的实施例中,十字形节段140包括五个突起部,即两个弓形脊161A-B、中央柱162和两个突起部163-164。 In the illustrated embodiment, the cross section 140 includes five protrusions, namely two arcuate ridges 161A-B, and two portions projecting central post 162163-164. 当然,可根据需要使用更多或更少的突起部。 Of course, more or fewer may be used as necessary protrusion. 周向节段141包括突起部169。 Section 141 includes a circumferential protrusion 169. 周向节段142包括突起部168。 Section 142 includes a circumferential protrusion 168. 远侧节段143包括突起部167。 The distal section 143 includes a projecting portion 167. 周向节段144包括突起部166。 Section 144 includes a circumferential protrusion 166. 周向节段145包括突起部165。 Section 145 includes a circumferential protrusion 165. 如将在下面更详细地讨论的,突起部161-169的一个目的为,将用于模具的接触表面设置到骨架400上以填充通道157-159B,形成弹性体软组织清洁器200,并形成弹性体清洁元件132A-E,该模具在喷射呈其液体形式的弹性体材料时使用。 As will be discussed in more detail below, a protrusion object 161-169 is, for contacting the surface of the mold to the backbone 400 is provided to fill the channel 157-159B, 200 formed elastomeric soft tissue cleaner, and an elastic cleaning elements 132A-E, of the mold used in the injection of elastomeric material is in its liquid form. 突起部161-169中的一个或全部的另一个目的为,提供在弹性体软组织清洁器200的使用期间接合和/或刮擦软口腔组织的元件。 161-169 projection portion or all of one object to another, to provide the engagement elements and / or scraping of soft oral tissue during use of the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200.

[0050] 现在同时参考图4、8、10和12,口腔护理器具100还包括位于头部120的后表面122上的弹性体软组织清洁器200。 [0050] Referring now to FIGS. 4,8,10 and 12 at the same time, the oral care implement 100 further comprises elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 122 is located on the rear surface 200 of the head 120. 弹性体软组织清洁器200由弹性体材料形成。 Elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 is formed from an elastomeric material. 弹性体软组织清洁器200的弹性体材料可为适合于在口腔卫生设备中使用的任何生物相容的弹性材料。 Elastomeric soft tissue cleaner elastomeric material 200 may be any suitable biocompatible resilient material used in oral hygiene apparatus. 为了提供最佳舒适以及清洁益处,弹性体材料优选地具有在AS至A25肖氏硬度的范围内的硬度特性。 To provide optimum comfort as well as cleaning benefits, the elastomeric material preferably has a hardness property in the range of AS to A25 Shore hardness. 作为实例,一种优选的弹性体材料为由GLS公司制作的苯乙烯-乙烯/ 丁烯-苯乙烯嵌段共聚物(SEBS)。 As an example, one preferred elastomeric material manufactured by GLS Corporation styrene - ethylene / butylene - styrene block copolymer (SEBS). 然而,可使用来自其它制造商的SEBS材料或提到的硬度范围内和外的其它材料。 And other material in the outer However, SEBS material from other manufacturers or hardness range mentioned. 在一个实施例中,弹性体软组织清洁器200与通道157-159B的弹性体材料146和弹性体清洁元件132A-E —体地形成。 In one embodiment, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 with the elastomeric material 146 and the elastomeric cleaning elements 132A-E of the channels 157-159B - the body is formed.

[0051 ] 弹性体软组织清洁器200包括从弹性体软组织清洁器200的基部表面203延伸的呈凸起201和脊202形式的多个突起部。 [0051] The soft tissue cleaner 200 includes an elastomeric protrusion 201 form ridges 202 and a plurality of protrusions from the base surface in the form of an elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 203 extends. 如在本文中使用的,“凸起”大体指的是从基部表面直立的柱形突出部(不限制突出部的截面形状)。 As used herein, "boss" means a generally upstanding from a base surface of the cylindrical projection (not limit the cross-sectional shape of the protruding portion). 在一般意义上,呈优选构造的凸起具有大于凸起的基部处的宽度的高度(如沿最长方向测量的)。 In a general sense, it is highly protrusion having a width greater than at the base of the projection is preferably constructed (as measured in the longest direction). 然而,凸起可包括凸出部,其中,宽度和高度粗略相同,或者其中,高度稍微小于基部宽度。 However, the projections may include a protruding portion, wherein, roughly the same width and height, or wherein a height slightly smaller than the base width. 此外,在一些情形中(例如,在凸起向末端渐缩或者包括向较小凸出部变窄的基部的情况下),基部宽度可大致大于高度。 Further, in some cases (e.g., in the case of the projection tip tapers or narrows to a smaller base portion comprises a convex portion), the base width can be substantially larger than the height.

[0052] 在弹性体软组织清洁器200的一种优选布置中,凸起201优选为锥形的。 [0052] In a preferred arrangement the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200, the projection 201 is preferably tapered. 如在本文中使用的,“锥形的”或“锥形”意味着包括真实锥体、截顶锥形元件和向窄端渐缩的其它形状,并且由此类似锥体,不管它们的锥度是否一致、连续,或者它们是否具有圆形截面。 As used herein, "conical" or "cone" is meant to include true cones, truncated conical element and the other narrow end to the tapered shape, and thus similar to a cone, regardless of their taper It is consistent, continuous, or whether they have a circular cross section.

[0053] 弹性体软组织清洁器200的突起部201、202可有助于显著减少人口臭的主要来源并改进卫生。 [0053] protrusions elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200, 201, 202 can help significantly reduce a major source of odor and improve population health. 弹性体软组织清洁器200的突起部201、202使得能够从舌头和口内的其它软组织表面去除微生物群落和·其它碎屑。 Protrusion elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 201, 202 enable removal of microflora and other debris from the tongue · other soft tissue surfaces within the mouth and. 舌头特别倾向于发展已知容留可有助于口臭的生物或碎屑的细菌覆层。 Particularly prone to harboring a known tongue may facilitate the development of biological or bacterial debris halitosis coating. 该微生物群落可在舌头的上表面的大部分上的乳突之间以及沿口中的其它软组织表面的凹部中找到。 This microflora can be found along the recessed portion and the other soft tissue surfaces in the mouth between the papillae on most of the upper surface of the tongue. 当接合或另外拉靠舌头表面时,弹性体组织清洁器200的凸起201设置用于在向下进入舌头的相邻乳突的凹部时与软组织轻柔接合。 When engaged or otherwise pulled against the surface of the tongue, the elastomeric tissue cleanser 200 of the projection 201 is provided for engagement with the soft tissue in a gentle concave portion downwardly into the adjacent papillae of the tongue. 接着,弹性体组织清洁器200的脊202刮擦软口腔组织表面,由此去除脱位的碎屑。 Subsequently, the elastomeric tissue cleanser ridges 202,200 scratch soft oral tissue surface, thereby removing the dislodged debris. 弹性体软组织清洁器200的弹性体构造还使得基部表面203能够遵循口腔组织表面(诸如用户的舌头、面颊、嘴唇和牙龈)的自然外形。 Elastomeric configured elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 also enables the base surface 203 to follow the surface of the oral tissue (such as the user's tongue, cheeks, lips, and gums) of natural appearance. 此外,凸起201和脊202能够按需挠曲以横跨和清洁凸起201和脊202沿其移动的口中的软组织表面。 In addition, the projections 201 and ridges 202 can flex as needed to traverse and clean the projections 201 and ridges 202 along the movement of the soft tissue surfaces in the mouth.

[0054] 在一个实施例中,弹性体软组织清洁器200遮盖节段140-145的后表面160A-F。 [0054] In one embodiment, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 covering the rear surface of the segments 140-145 160A-F. 节段140-145的突起部161A-169延伸穿过弹性体软组织清洁器200。 Segments 140-145 extend projecting portions 161A-169 through the soft tissue cleaner 200 elastomer. 因此,突起部161A-169中的每一个的一部分保持在头部120的后表面122上暴露。 Thus, part of the protrusions 161A-169 in each of the left exposed on the rear surface 122 of the head 120. 在例示的实施例中,十字形节段140的突起部161A-BU62与弹性体软组织清洁器200的基部表面203大致齐平。 In the illustrated embodiment, the base surface of the protrusion portion 140 of the cruciform segments 161A-BU62 and the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200, 203 substantially flush. 然而,节段140-145的突起部163-169延伸超过弹性体软组织清洁器200的基部表面203并且因此从其突出。 However, the projection portion 163-169140-145 segment extends beyond the elastic soft tissue cleaner 203 and base surface 200 of the protruding therefrom thus.

[0055] 不管突起部161A-169是与弹性体软组织清洁器200的基部表面163齐平还是从其突出,突起部161A-169的暴露部分提供在将弹性体软组织清洁器200喷射模塑至骨架400期间用于模具的接触表面。 [0055] Whether the projection portion 161A-169 is an elastomeric soft tissue cleanser base surface 200, 163 are flush or protruding therefrom, the protruding portions exposed portions 161A-169 are provided in the 200 ejection elastomeric soft tissue cleaner molded to backbone during 400 for contacting the surface of the mold. 通过提供具有节段140-145中的每一个上的暴露部分的突起部161A-169,节段140-145中的每一个可在使弹性体材料146流动到通道157-159B中的喷射模塑过程期间维持在稳定方位上,形成弹性体软组织清洁器200,并且/或者形成弹性体清洁元件132A-E。 By providing a projecting portion of the exposed portion of the segments 140-145 on each of the 161A-169, the segments 140-145 each of which may cause the elastomeric material to flow into the channel 146 in the injection molding 157-159B during the process of maintaining a stable orientation, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 are formed, and / or elastomeric cleaning elements formed 132A-E. 此外,从弹性体软组织清洁器200的基部表面163突出的节段140-145的突起部163-169以与弹性体软组织清洁器200的突起部201、202协调的方式工作,以接合和清洁软口腔组织。 Further, from the base surface of the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 projecting portion 163 projecting segments 140-145 and 163-169 to the elastic protrusion 200 of soft tissue cleaner 201, 202 work in a coordinated manner, to engage and clean soft oral tissues.

[0056] 现在同时参考图4、12、14和16,可看见,弹性体软组织清洁器200还包括形成在基部表面203中的多个凹槽204、205A、205B。 [0056] Referring now to FIGS. 4,12,14 and 16 at the same time, can be seen, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 further comprises a plurality of grooves formed in the base surface 203 204,205A, 205B. 如在下面·更详细地讨论的,多个凹槽204、205A与容纳弹性体材料146的通道157-159B对齐。 As discussed in more-detail below, a plurality of grooves 204,205A 157-159B aligned with the receiving channel 146 of the elastomeric material. 更具体地,多个凹槽204、205A_B与通道157-159B对齐,以使垂直于纵向轴线AA的轴线(诸如图12的轴线CC)与通道157-159B和凹槽204、205A-B两者相交。 More specifically, a plurality of recesses aligned with the channel 204,205A_B 157-159B, so that the axis is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis AA (as in FIG axis CC 12) of both the channels and grooves 204,205A-B 157-159B intersect.

[0057] 在例示的实施例中,弹性体软组织清洁器200包括横向凹槽204和两个间隔开的纵向凹槽205A、205B。 [0057] In the embodiment illustrated, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner 200 includes a longitudinal groove and two transverse grooves 204 spaced apart 205A, 205B. 横向凹槽204横跨头部120的整个宽度从右侧边缘123横向地延伸到左侧边缘124。 Transverse groove 204 across the entire width of the head 120 extends laterally from the right edge to the left edge of 123 124. 横向凹槽204与横向通道157对齐(在图16中最佳可见)。 Transverse groove 204 aligned with the transverse passage 157 (best seen in FIG. 16). 因此,垂直于纵向轴线AA的轴线与横向通道157和横向凹槽204两者相交。 Thus, perpendicular to the longitudinal axis AA and axis of the transverse channel 157 intersecting the transverse grooves 204 of both. 如图12和图14所示,横向通道157为非线性的,并且大体沿轴线DD延伸。 As shown in FIG. 12 and FIG. 14, the transverse channel 157 is non-linear, and extends generally along axis DD. 横向凹槽204也大体沿轴线DD延伸。 Transverse groove 204 extending generally along axis DD. 横向凹槽204形成横跨头部120的整个宽度横越的直立横向壁206。 Transverse groove 204 across the entire width of the head 120 across the transverse upstanding wall 206 is formed. 该直立横向壁206还通过形成附加刮擦脊而在弹性体软组织清洁器200被拖过软口腔组织时帮助软组织清洁。 When the soft tissue cleaning help transverse upstanding wall 206 is formed through an additional scraping ridges and dragged across the soft oral tissue in the elastomeric soft tissue cleanser 200. 此外,凹槽204的横向性质还通过将流体和脱位的碎屑引导到侧边缘123、124而在软组织清洁期间帮助,其中,该流体和该脱位的碎屑从弹性体软组织清洁器200逸出并且不变成被压回到软组织中。 Furthermore, the transverse groove 204 is further guided by the nature of the fluid and the dislodged debris to the side edges 123, 124 assist in soft tissue during cleaning, wherein the fluid and the dislodged debris from the soft tissue cleaner 200 escapes elastomeric and not become pressed back to the soft tissue. 除了帮助软组织清洁之外,通过与横向通道157对齐的性质,横向凹槽204还通过向相对于十字形节段140的远侧节段143提供添加的量的可挠性而帮助牙齿清洁。 In addition to helping soft tissue cleaning addition, with respect to the distal section 143 of cruciform section 140 provides an added amount of flexibility to help the tooth cleaning properties through the aligned transverse channel 157, through the transverse groove 204.

[0058] 纵向凹槽205A、B从横向凹槽204朝向头部120的近端147纵向地延伸,与近端147相邻在头部120的右侧边缘123和左侧边缘124处终止。 [0058] The longitudinal grooves 205A, B extending from the proximal end of the transverse groove 204 toward the head 147 of longitudinally 120, 124 terminates at the proximal end 147 adjacent the right side edge of the head 123 and 120 of the left edge. 纵向凹槽205A与通道158B和通道159B两者的部分对齐(图12)。 Both partially aligned with the longitudinal grooves 205A and 158B passage channel 159B (FIG. 12). 纵向凹槽205B与通道158A和通道159A两者的部分对齐。 The longitudinal groove portions of both the channels 158A and 205B and 159A aligned channels. 与横向凹槽204相似,纵向凹槽205A、B通过将流体和脱位的碎屑引导到它从弹性体软组织清洁器200逸出并且不变成被压回到软组织中的侧边缘123、124而帮助软组织清洁。 With similar transverse groove 204, longitudinal grooves 205A, B by directing fluid and dislodged debris from the soft tissue that it does not become an elastic escape cleaner 200 is pushed back and the side edges 123, 124 and soft tissue help clean soft tissue. 纵向通道205A、B比横向凹槽204更接近头部120的近端147在右侧边缘123和左侧边缘124上的位置处终止,使得流体和碎屑在不同位置处被分配以便防止堵塞。 Longitudinal channel 205A, B closer to the proximal end of the head 120 than the transverse grooves 204 147 terminates at a position on the right edge of the left side edge 123 and 124, such that fluid and debris are allocated in order to prevent clogging at different positions. 此外,通过与通道158B、159B对齐的性质,纵向凹槽205A通过向相对于十字形节段140的周向节段 Further, through the channel 158B, 159B aligned nature, through the longitudinal groove segments 205A to the circumferential direction with respect to the cruciform segment 140

141、142提供添加的量的可挠性而帮助牙齿清洁。 141 and 142 provide the amount of added flexibility and help clean teeth. 相似地,通过与通道158AU59A对齐的性质,纵向凹槽205B通过向相对于十字形节段140的周向节段144、145提供添加的量的可挠性而帮助牙齿清洁。 Similarly, by the nature of the channel 158AU59A aligned, longitudinal grooves 205B and help tooth cleaning by providing an added amount with respect to the cross section of the peripheral segments 140 144, 145 may be flexible.

[0059] 现在同时参考图3、11和12,将描述弹性体清洁元件及其与头部120的结构合作的一个实施例。 [0059] Referring now to FIGS. 3, 11 and 12 while the elastic member and cleaning in cooperation with one embodiment of the structure of the head 120 will be described. 出于讨论的目的,下列描述将把弹性体清洁元件132B称作弹性体壁132B,这是因为例示的实施例描绘壁。 For purposes of discussion, the following description will be referred to as elastomeric cleaning member 132B 132B elastomeric wall, since the wall illustrated embodiment depicted embodiment. 虽然将关于弹性体壁132B及其与通道158B和容纳在其中的弹性体材料146的相互作用来描述弹性体清洁元件的实施例,但是将理解,下列讨论适用于其它弹性体壁132A、132C、132D以及它们与通道159B、159A、158A和容纳在其中的弹性体材料146的相互作用。 While regarding the elastomeric wall 132B and 158B with the channel and receiving in Example elastomeric cleaning element in which the interaction of the elastomeric material 146 will be described, it will be understood that the following discussion is applicable to other elastomeric walls 132A, 132C, and their passage 132D and 159B, 159A, 158A, and wherein the elastomeric material housed in interaction 146. 此外,虽然将在弹性体壁方面讨论本发明,但是将理解,下面讨论的原理可适用于其它实施例中的弹性体指形件和其它弹性体结构。 Further, although the present invention will be discussed in terms of an elastomeric wall, it will be understood that the principles discussed below may be applied to other embodiments fingers and other elastomeric structure of the elastomer embodiment.

[0060] 弹性体壁132B为沿弯曲通道158B延伸的弓形壁。 [0060] The elastomeric wall 132B of arcuate wall extending along a curved path 158B. 更具体地,通道158B沿弯曲轴线BB延伸。 More specifically, the channel 158B extending along the bending axis BB. 在例示的实施例中,弹性体壁132B也沿弯曲轴线BB延伸,并且沿轴线CC从头部120的前表面121向上延伸。 In the illustrated embodiment, the elastomeric wall 132B also extends along a curved axis BB, and extending upwardly from the front surface 121 of the head 120 along axis CC. 在图12中,头部120的节段140、142处于正常状态(即,其中没有力施加于头部120的状态)。 In Figure 12, the segments 140, 142 of the head 120 in a normal state (i.e., a state in which no force is applied to the head 120). 在正常状态下,节段140、142不相对于彼此挠曲,并且节段的表面121AU21C大致共平面。 Under normal conditions, the segments 140, 142 do not flex relative to each other and substantially coplanar surface 121AU21C segment. 在图13中,头部120的节段140、142处于挠曲状态(即,其中在正常刷牙期间施予的力施加至头部120的状态)。 In Figure 13, the segments 140, 142 of the head 120 in a deflected condition (i.e., wherein during normal brushing force is applied to the state administration of the head 120). 在挠曲状态下,节段140、142相对于彼此挠曲,以使表面121AU21C移动成非共平面布置。 In the flexed state, the segments 140, 142 are flexed relative to one another, so that the surface 121AU21C move into a non-coplanar arrangement. 在刷牙力停止之后,通道158B的弹性体材料146和支杆149将节段140、142偏压回到正常状态。 After brushing force is stopped, the elastomeric material 146 and the struts 149 of the channel 158B biases the segments 140, 142 back to the normal state. 然而,本发明不受限于其中前表面121A、121C在正常状态下处于共平面布置并且在挠曲状态下挠曲成非共平面布置的例子。 However, the present invention is not limited in which the front surface 121A, 121C is disposed in coplanar in the normal state and flexed into a non-coplanar arrangement example in a flexed state. 在某些可选实施例中,前表面121A、121C可在正常状态下处于非共平面布置,并且在挠曲状态下挠曲成布置。 In certain alternative embodiments, the front surface 121A, 121C may be disposed in a non-coplanar in the normal state, and is arranged in a flexed into a flexed state. 在又一个可选实施例中,前表面121A、121C可在正常状态下处于第一非共平面布置(即,相对于彼此成第一角度),并且在挠曲状态下挠曲成第二非共平面布置(即,相对于彼此成第二不同角度)。 In yet another alternative embodiment, the front surface 121A, 121C may be disposed in a first non-coplanar in the normal state (i.e., a first angle with respect to each other), and a second non-flexed in a flexing state coplanar arrangement (i.e., the second relative to one another at different angles). 设想,如果需要,则可改变前表面121A、121C在正常状态和挠曲状态下的布置。 Contemplated that, if desired, may be to change the front surface 121A, 121C is disposed in a normal state and a flexed state.

[0061] 参考图12,弹性体壁132B大体包括根部170、基部171和上部172。 [0061] Referring to FIG 12, the elastomeric wall 132B generally includes a root portion 170, an upper base portion 171 and 172. 根部170配置在通道158B内,并且连接于通道158B内的弹性体材料146。 Roots 170 disposed within the channel 158B, and connected to the elastomeric material 146 within the channel 158B. 根部170沿轴线CC从弹性体材料146向上延伸,并且连接于基部171的下端部173。 Root 170 along the axis CC extending upwardly from the elastomeric material 146, and is connected to the lower end portion 173 of the base 171. 基部171沿轴线CC从下端部173向上延伸到上端部174。 Base portion 171 along the axis CC extending upwardly from the lower end portion 173 to the upper end portion 174. 弹性体壁132B的上部172沿轴线CC从基部171的上端部174向上延伸到终端175。 Elastomeric wall 132B of the upper portion 172 along the axis CC extending from the upper portion 174 of the base 171 up to the terminal 175. 在例示的实施例中,终端175为平坦的。 In the illustrated embodiment, the terminal 175 is flat. 然而,在其它实施例中,终端175可为圆形或渐缩的,或者呈其它适合形状的形式。 However, in other embodiments, terminal 175 may be circular or tapered, shape or form other suitable shapes.

[0062] 弹性体壁132B的基部171的下端部173具有垂直于轴线BB测量的宽度W3。 [0062] The lower end portion 132B of the base 171 of the elastomeric wall 173 having a width perpendicular to the measurement axis BB W3. 弹性体壁132B的基部171的上端部·174具有垂直于轴线BB测量的宽度W2。 Elastomeric wall 132B of the base 171 of the upper portion 174 has a width W2 · BB perpendicular to the measurement axis. 宽度W2小于宽度W3。 Width W2 smaller than the width W3. 弹性体壁132B的基部171的下端部173的宽度W3大于垂直于轴线BB测量的通道158B的宽度I。 Elastomeric wall 132B width of the base width W3 of the lower end portion 173 of the BB 171 is greater than the vertical measurement axis of the channel 158B I. 由于宽度W3大于宽度W1,故基部171的下端部173分别遮盖节段142、140的前表面121CU21A的部分178、179。 Since the width W3 larger than the width W1, so that the lower end portion 173 of the base 171 respectively cover the front surface section 142, 140 of the portions 178,179 121CU21A. 节段142、140的前表面121CU21A的其余部分保持暴露。 The remainder of the front surface of the segment 142,140 121CU21A remains exposed.

[0063] 在例示的实施例中,基部171包括两个倾斜表面176、177,并且因此,基部171从下端部173到上端部174在宽度方面逐渐地渐缩。 [0063] In the illustrated embodiment, the base 171 includes two inclined surfaces 176 and 177, and therefore, the base portion 171 from the lower end portion 173 to 174 is gradually tapered in width upper end portion. 在替代实施例中,基部171可包括阶梯状表面而不是两个倾斜表面176、177。 In an alternative embodiment, the base 171 may include a stepped surface rather than two inclined surfaces 176, 177. 在这种实施例中,基部171将以阶梯方式而不是逐渐地渐缩。 In such an embodiment, the base 171 will be gradually stepped manner rather than tapered.

[0064] 弹性体壁132B的上部172包括第一主表面180和与第一主表面180相对的第二主表面181。 [0064] The upper portion 172 of the elastomeric wall 132B includes a first major surface 180 and a second major surface 180 opposite a second major surface 181. 在例不的实施例中,第一主表面180和第二主表面181大致互相平行,由此导致上部172具有沿其高度的恒定宽度W2。 In the example embodiment is not the first major surface 180 and second major surface 181 substantially parallel to each other, thereby causing the upper portion 172 has a constant height along its width W2. 在某些实施例中,宽度W2将等于或小于通道158B的宽度I。 In certain embodiments, the width W2 smaller than or equal to the channel width 158B I. 在一个特定实施例中,宽度W2可大致等于通道158B的宽度I。 In one particular embodiment, the width W2 may be substantially equal to the channel width 158B I.

[0065] 通过将弹性体壁132B设计成使得基部171比上部172宽,上部172保持可挠,以使其可擦拭牙齿表面。 [0065] By designing the elastomeric wall 132B so that the base 171 is wider than the upper portion 172, upper portion 172 remains flexible, so that it can wipe the tooth surfaces. 然而,基部171将提供结构完整性,并且有助于防止弹性体壁132B的过量磨损/弯曲。 However, the base portion 171 to provide structural integrity and helps prevent excessive wear of the elastomeric wall / 132B is curved. 此外,通过使基部171的下端部173连接于节段142、140的前表面121C、121A的部分178、179,弹性体壁132B将协助防止节段142、140在施予有通过节段142、140之间的所述有限的挠曲诱发的额外运动时相对于彼此过度挠曲。 Further, by making the base portion 173 of the lower end portion 171 connected to the front surface of the segment 142,140 121C, 121A of the portion 178, 179, 132B elastomeric wall segments 142, 140 will help prevent the administration section 142 there through, relative to one another when flexing excessively limited flexing motion of the additional between 140 induced.

[0066] 如全文中使用的,范围用于简略地描述在该范围内的每个和每一值。 [0066] The range for describing each and every value within that range is used throughout the text briefly. 该范围内的任何值可选定为该范围的端点。 Any value within the range can be selected terminus of the range. 另外,本文中引用的所有参考由此通过参考全部并入。 Further, all references cited herein are incorporated thereby by reference in its entirety. 当本公开中的定义与引用的参考的定义存在冲突时,以本公开为准。 When there is a conflict in the definition of the present disclosure and references cited definition, the present disclosure controls. [0067] 虽然前述的描述和附图代表本发明的示例性实施例,但是将理解,在不背离如所附权利要求中限定的本发明的精神和范围的情况下可作出多种添加、修改和替代。 [0067] While the foregoing description and drawings represent exemplary embodiments of the present invention, it will be understood that various additions may be made in the case without departing from the spirit and scope as defined in the appended claims the present invention, modifications and alternatives. 特别地,对本领域技术人员而言将清楚的是,本发明可以以其它特定的形式、结构、布置、比例、尺寸以及利用其它元件、材料和构件实施,而不背离其精神或基本特性。 In particular, to those skilled in the art will appreciate that the present invention may be embodied in other specific forms, structures, arrangements, proportions, sizes, and with other elements, materials, and components embodiments without departing from the spirit or essential characteristics. 本领域技术人员将认识至IJ,本发明可与结构、布置、比例、尺寸、材料和构件的许多修改一起使用,并且另外,如果在本发明的实践中使用,则该许多修改特别适合于特定环境和操作要求,而不背离本发明的原理。 Those skilled in the art will recognize that to IJ, the present invention may be used with many modifications structures, arrangements, proportions, sizes, materials and components, and in addition, if used in the practice of the present invention, the many modifications especially suited to the particular environment and operating requirements without departing from the principles of the invention. 当前公开的实施例因此在所有方面被视为说明性而非限制性的,本发明的范围由所附权利要求限定,并且不受限于前述描述·或实施例。 The presently disclosed embodiments are therefore to be considered in all respects as illustrative and not restrictive, the scope of the invention defined by the appended claims, and is not limited to the foregoing-described embodiment or embodiments.

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1. 一种口腔护理器具,其包括: 手柄; 连接于所述手柄并具有纵向轴线的头部; 从所述头部的前表面延伸的多个牙齿清洁元件; 所述头部由多个间隔开的节段形成,所述多个间隔开的节段由刚性材料形成,所述多个节段包括中央节段和布置在所述中央节段周围的至少一个周向节段,所述至少一个周向节段通过容纳弹性体材料的通道与所述中央节段隔离,所述弹性体材料使所述至少一个周向节段可挠地连接于所述中央节段; 弹性体软组织清洁器,其位于与所述头部的前表面相对的所述头部的后表面上,所述弹性体软组织清洁器包括从所述软组织清洁器的基部表面延伸的用于接合软口腔组织的多个突起部和形成在所述弹性体软组织清洁器的基部表面中的至少一个凹槽;并且其中,所述弹性体软组织清洁器的至少一个凹槽与所述通道对齐。 1. An oral care implement comprising: a handle; a handle connected to the head and having a longitudinal axis; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from a front surface of the head; the head by a plurality of spaced apart segments forming a plurality of spaced apart segments formed of a rigid material, said plurality of segments comprises at least one circumferential section and a central section disposed around said central segment, said at least one circumferential section through the passage section of the central segment spacer receiving elastomeric material, the elastomeric material of said at least one peripheral segment flexibly connected to the central segment; elastomeric soft tissue cleanser, which is located at the opposite to the front surface of the head on the rear surface of the head, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner includes a base surface extending from said soft tissue cleaner plurality of protrusions for engaging soft oral tissues and are formed in the said at least one groove base surface of the soft tissue cleaner elastomer; and wherein the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner least one groove is aligned with the channel.
2.根据权利要求I所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述中央节段与所述手柄的远端一体地形成并从其延伸。 2. The oral care implement according to claim I, wherein the distal end of the central section of the handle is integrally formed and extending therefrom.
3.根据权利要求I至2中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述至少一个凹槽与所述通道对齐,以使大致垂直于所述头部的纵向轴线的轴线穿过所述通道和所述至少一个凹槽。 I according to any one of claims 2 to one of the oral care implement, characterized in that said at least one groove is aligned with the channel, so that the axis is substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the head portion through said passage and said at least one groove.
4.根据权利要求I至3中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述至少一个周向节段包括位于所述中央节段的远端处的远侧节段,所述至少一个凹槽包括延伸所述头部的整个宽度的横向凹槽,所述通道包括延伸所述头部的整个宽度的横向通道,所述横向通道使所述远侧节段与所述中央节段隔离,并且所述横向凹槽与所述横向通道对齐。 I according to any one of claims 3 to one of the oral care implement, characterized in that said at least one peripheral segment of the distal section comprises a distal end of the central segment of said at least a transverse groove comprises a groove extending the entire width of the head portion, said channel comprising a channel extending transversely across the width of the head, said lateral passage and said distal section of said central segment isolation, and the transverse groove aligned with the transverse passage.
5.根据权利要求4所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述至少一个周向节段包括位于所述中央节段的相对侧的至少一对节段,所述至少一个凹槽包括从所述横向凹槽延伸至所述头部的侧边缘的一对纵向凹槽,所述通道包括使所述至少一对节段与所述中央节段隔离的一对弯曲通道,并且所述一对纵向凹槽与所述弯曲通道的一部分对齐。 5. The oral care implement according to claim 4, wherein said at least one peripheral segment comprises at least one pair of segments located at opposite sides of said central segment, comprises at least one groove from the groove extending transversely to the side edges of the head of the longitudinal groove, the pair of channels comprising the segments of the central segment a pair of curved channel isolation at least one pair, and the pair of longitudinal a portion of the curved groove and the channel aligned.
6.根据权利要求I至5中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述至少一个周向节段还通过配置在所述通道内的由所述刚性材料形成的支杆连接于所述中央节段。 According to any one of claims I to 5 in one of the oral care implement, characterized in that the strut is formed of a rigid material connected to at least one of the segments by the circumferential also disposed within the channel the central segment.
7.根据权利要求6所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述支杆与所述中央节段和所述至少一个周向节段一体地形成。 7. The oral care implement according to claim 6, characterized in that the strut of the said central segment and a circumferential segment are integrally formed at least.
8.根据权利要求6至7中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述支杆具有第一厚度,而所述中央节段和所述至少一个周向节段具有第二厚度,其中,所述第一厚度小于所述第二厚度。 8. The oral care implement according to any one of the 6-7 claims, characterized in that the strut has a first thickness, and said central segment and said at least one peripheral segment having a second thickness wherein the first thickness is less than the second thickness.
9. 一种口腔护理器具,其包括: 手柄; 连接于所述手柄的头部; 从所述头部的前表面延伸的多个牙齿清洁元件; 所述头部由多个间隔开的节段形成,所述多个间隔开的节段由刚性材料形成,所述多个节段通过容纳弹性体材料的通道彼此隔离,所述弹性体材料使所述多个节段可挠地连接在一起;弹性体软组织清洁器,其位于与所述头部的前表面相对的所述头部的后表面上,所述弹性体软组织清洁器包括从所述弹性体软组织清洁器的基部表面延伸的用于接合软口腔组织的多个突起部和形成在所述弹性体软组织清洁器的基部表面中的多个凹槽;并且其中,所述弹性体软组织清洁器的多个凹槽中的至少一个与所述通道中的至少一个对齐。 9. An oral care implement comprising: a handle; a head connected to said handle; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from a front surface of the head; the head by a plurality of spaced apart segments forming a plurality of spaced apart segments formed of a rigid material, said plurality of segments by an elastomeric material receiving passage isolated from one another, said elastomeric material of said plurality of segments flexibly linked together ; elastomeric soft tissue cleanser, the front surface of the head which is located opposite to the rear surface of the head, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner includes a base surface extending from a soft tissue cleaner by the elastic body engaging the plurality of protrusions on soft oral tissue, and a plurality of grooves are formed on the base surface of the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner in; and wherein the plurality of grooves of the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner in at least one of aligning the at least one channel.
10.根据权利要求9所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述多个节段中的至少一个与所述手柄的远端一体地形成并从其延伸。 10. The oral care implement according to claim 9, wherein a distal end integrally formed with the handle in at least the plurality of sections and extending therefrom.
11.根据权利要求9至10中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述弹性体软组织清洁器的多个凹槽中的至少一个与所述通道中的至少一个对齐,以使大致垂直于所述头部的纵向轴线的轴线穿过所述通道中的至少一个和所述多个凹槽中的至少一个。 11. The oral care implement as claimed in any one of claims 9 to 10, characterized in that at least one of the at least one passage aligned with the plurality of grooves of said soft tissue cleaner elastomer, so that substantially vertically through the channel and at least one of said plurality of grooves in at least one axis of the longitudinal axis of the head.
12.根据权利要求9至11中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述多个凹槽包括横向凹槽和一对纵向凹槽,所述横向凹槽延伸所述头部的整个宽度,所述一对纵向凹槽从所述横向凹槽延伸至与所述头部的近端相邻的所述头部的侧边缘。 12. The oral care implement of any one of claims 9-11 claim, wherein said plurality of grooves comprises a pair of longitudinal grooves and transverse grooves, said grooves extending transversely of the head the entire width of the portion of the pair of longitudinal grooves extending from the groove to the lateral side edges of the proximal end of the head portion adjacent to the head.
13. —种口腔护理器具,其包括: 手柄; 连接于所述手柄的头部; 从所述头部的前表面延伸的多个牙齿清洁元件; 所述头部由多个间隔开的节段和容纳弹性体材料的通道形成,所述多个间隔开的节段由刚性材料形成,所述弹性体材料使所述多个节段可挠地连接在一起; 弹性体软组织清洁器,其位于与所述头部的前表面相对的所述头部的后表面上,所述弹性体软组织清洁器包括从所述软组织清洁器的基部表面延伸的用于接合软口腔组织的多个突起部和形成在所述软组织清洁器的基部表面中的多个凹槽;并且其中,所述软组织清洁器的多个凹槽与所述通道对齐。 13. - Species oral care implement, comprising: a handle; a head connected to said handle; a plurality of tooth cleaning elements extending from a front surface of the head; a plurality of spaced apart sections of the head and the elastomeric material receiving passage is formed, said plurality of spaced apart segments formed of a rigid material, said elastomeric material of said plurality of sections may be flexibly connected together; elastomeric soft tissue cleaner, which is located the front surface of the head opposite to the rear surface of the head, the elastomeric soft tissue cleaner includes a plurality of protrusions for engaging soft oral tissue extending from the base surface and the soft tissue cleaner a plurality of grooves are formed on the base surface of the soft tissue cleaner; and wherein the plurality of grooves with said passageway of said soft tissue cleaner aligned.
14.根据权利要求13所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述多个节段包括中央节段和布置在所述中央节段周围的多个周向节段。 14. The oral care implement of claim 13, wherein said plurality of segments comprises a plurality of peripheral segments and the central segment disposed around the central segment.
15.根据权利要求14所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述中央节段不可移动地连接于所述手柄的远端。 15. The oral care implement of claim 14, wherein said central segment immovably connected to the distal end of the handle.
16.根据权利要求14至15中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述中央节段和所述周向节段中的每一个包括从其延伸的一个或更多个牙齿清洁元件。 16. The oral care implement of claim 14 to 15, any one of, wherein said central section and said peripheral comprises one or more tooth cleaning extending therefrom to each of the segments element.
17.根据权利要求13至16中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述节段中的每一个还通过由所述刚性材料形成的支杆连接在一起。 Claim 17. The oral care implement according to any one of claims 13 to 16, characterized in that each further connected together by a strut formed of the rigid material of the segments.
18.根据权利要求17所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述支杆与所述节段一体地形成。 18. The oral care implement according to claim 17, characterized in that the strut and the segments are integrally formed.
19.根据权利要求17至18中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述支杆具有第一厚度,而所述节段具有第二厚度,其中,所述第一厚度小于所述第二厚度。 19. The oral care implement according to any claim of any one of 17-18, wherein the strut has a first thickness and the segments having a second thickness, wherein the first thickness less than the second thickness.
20.根据权利要求17至19中的任一项所述的口腔护理器具,其特征在于,所述支杆封装在所述通道的弹性体材料中。 20. any one of claims 17 to 19, one of the oral care implement, characterized in that, the elastomeric material encapsulating the struts of the channel in the.
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